The Turkish Snail (Helix lucorum) is also called the Garden Snail or the Caucasian Helix Snail. A helix is a spiral, and lucorum is a forest or woodland.
The Turkish Snail is an invertebrate mollusk, which means that it does not have a backbone.
It is also a gastropod. Gastropod means stomach foot.
The Turkish Snail grows to about 25-45 millimetres (1-2 inches) tall. It lays small eggs, which hatch into juvenile snails.
It eats leaves, bark, decomposing food. It is a detritus feeder. Detritus means food waste or rotting organic matter.
The Turkish Snail is common and lives near limestone rocks in humid conditions. It does not like mountain forests, sub-alpine areas or dry lowlands.
The Turkish Snail is found in the Caucasus, which are countries such as Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, southern Russia, northeastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM